How To Twitter From A Mobile Phone

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Why Use A Mobile Device

You will be untethered from your desktop

The game changer for most Twitter users is when they discover the power of using Twitter away from their computer. It is really the first application that works better from a mobile device than it does from a desktop.

Twitter is about life and relationships. Most of that happens away from your monitor.

Twitter asks one simple question, “what are you doing?” It begs for you to share what you are doing. The “doing” part of life happens away from our computer screens. So a mobile device is perfect for truly updating people on our lives.

What Is Mobile Tweeting?

Simple: Reading and updating your Twitter account from your mobile device.
It isn’t rocket science. Mobile Tweeting can be done from most phones with internet access. And now some Tweeting can be done through text messaging. For the sake of getting you up and running quickly we will focus on phones that have internet access.

How To Tweet From A Mobile Device

Use the mobile site

Visit the mobile Twitter site and login to your account.

Tweet as normal (sort of)

On the mobile Twitter site you can update your status just like you do on your computer. The big difference is in using @mentions, retweets or direct messages. You must use the manual characters in order to do these from your mobile device.

For example use the following to perform these functions:

  • By putting a lowercase “d,” a space and then the username of the person will send them a direct message. (Sample: d joelmarkwitt how do you get to Rome?)
  • Place an @ symbol in front of a person’s username to send them a public message. (Sample: @joelmarkwitt how do you get to Rome?)
  • Place an RT, space and then the persons @name to RT their message. You will need to manually retype the message since you cannot copy and paste in most mobile phones. (Sample: RT @joelmarkwitt I am in Rome)

iPhone users

If you are an iPhone user you have a ton of options for applications to download through the app store. We recommend using EchoFon to get started.

Mobile Tweeting can open a whole new world to you on Twitter. It can be used to drive immediate attention to events happening in real time and frees you from the chains of your desktop. Additionally, once you get Twitter, you can tweet from almost anywhere in the world.

Go grab your mobile device, log onto Twitter mobile and take action.


Joel Mark Witt is a producer, author, and speaker who consults with businesses and nonprofits on how to use social media in marketing and communications. He is also the Publisher of Folk Media and author of 21 Days To Twitter Leadership Send him an eMail: joelmarkwitt (at) or follow him on Twitter.


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